Back in the day, the 1980s to be exact, the Rendon Group held the annual Donkey Awards, a Democratic-centric event that gave trophies to political figures, campaign operatives, and members of the state’s political press corps.
It’s been history for decades. But now Rick Rendon, who along with his brother John runs the firm, is trying to create another version — and this time the emphasis is bipartisanship.
The first award reception — which will be co-hosted by GOP state Chairwoman Kirsten Hughes and Democratic state Chairman Tom McGee — is scheduled for Dec. 3 at the Parker House. The Rendons have signed up MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, host of “Hardball,” and are looking for a Republican TV personality to co-host the evening with him.
They will be giving out what the Rendons are calling the “Elkeys” — derived from elephants and donkeys. The public will have a chance to chose from a list of nominees by voting on a web-based ballot.
“The Elkeys will not only send a great message regarding the power bipartisanship and democracy but also promises to be an entertaining evening of laughs, camaraderie and filled with plenty of ‘war stories,’ ” said Rick Rendon.Frank Phillips can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.